Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spotlight on TED Talks

by Nancy Davis

The recently-concluded "TED Talks" class had an especially engaged group of participants. Co-facilitated by Nancy Davis and Scott Hynek, the class was designed to encourage spirited discussion through the viewing of presentations from the TED Talks website.  TED Talks are described as brilliant, passionate, provocative, inspiring, original, fascinating, jaw-dropping, and paradigm-shifting.  You may watch these under-25-minute talks on your computer and may access them by presenter, topic, date, or even popularity:  The presentations used in this 4-session course are listed and linked below; click on the colored text and have a look!

The topic for week 1 was the aging process.  Presentations shared during class were:
Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization
Laura Carstensen: Older people are happier 
Maysoon Zayid:I got 99 problems ... palsy is just one

Related talks:
Candy Chang: Before I die I want to... 

Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life
Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we more compassionate? 
Alanna Shaikh: How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's
Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake
Sue Austin: Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair

The topic for week 2 was how we came to be the way we are. In-class presentations were:

Week 3 dealt with various aspects of sustainability, and the presentations were:

Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes 

Week 4's topic was various shots at philosophy.  Talks from this week were:
Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison